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Boris Mizhen

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Country: United States
State: Connecticut
Russian born spammer who lives well in the USA. Leases huge IP address ranges in eastern Europe to spam from. June 2010: Sued by Microsoft. 2011/13: Sued by US FTC, forced to pay millions in fines. 2014/15: Sued again by US FTC, forced to pay millions in fines.

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Busted by the FTC for fraud in 2011-2013

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LeanSpa, LLC

The FTC has reached a settlement requiring LeanSpa principal Boris Mizhen and three companies he controls to surrender cash, real estate and personal property totaling approximately $7 million. Mizhen’s wife, Angelina Strano – charged as a relief defendant who accepted money from the scheme but did not actively participate in it – will surrender nearly $300,000.

In December 2011, the FTC and the state of Connecticut shut down Mizhen’s operation, charging it with using fake news websites to promote acai berry and “colon cleanse” weight-loss products, making deceptive weight-loss claims, and telling consumers they could receive free trials of the products by paying the nominal cost of shipping and handling. The FTC alleges that many consumers ended up paying $79.99 for the trial, and for recurring monthly shipments of products that were hard to cancel.

The FTC charged the defendants with violating Sections 5 and 12 of the FTC Act, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, and Regulation E, and the state of Connecticut alleged that the defendants violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

The proposed settlement bans the defendants from billing consumers for products or services by automatically charging them on a recurring basis unless they opt out. And it prohibits the defendants from misrepresenting or failing to disclose facts about the products that involve costs, charges, terms for refunds, endorsements, and trial supplies. The order also prohibits the defendants from falsely claiming that any product can cause rapid and substantial weight loss without the need for dieting or increased exercise.

The defendants also are required to have at least two human clinical trials to support any weight loss claims they make about the products they sell, and to have competent and reliable scientific evidence for any other health claims. They are prohibited from claiming that products are clinically proven when they are not, and from violating the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.

Litigation continues against defendants that acted as LeanSpa’s affiliate network, and two other relief defendants.

Consumers should carefully evaluate advertising claims for weight-loss products. For more information, see the FTC’s guidance for consumers of products and services advertised for Weight Loss & Fitness. The FTC also has new guidance for media outlets on spotting false weight-loss claims in advertising.

The FTC is a member of the National Prevention Council, which provides coordination and leadership at the federal level regarding prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices. This initiative advances the National Prevention Strategy’s goal of increasing the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

The Commission vote approving the proposed consent decree for Leanspa, LLC; NutraSlim, LLC, NutraSlim U.K., Ltd., Boris Mizhen, and relief defendant Angelina Strano was 4-0. It is subject to court approval. The FTC filed the proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut on December 23, 2013.

Contact Information

Darren H. Lubetzky (LeanSpa)
FTC Northeast Region, New York

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